Devonport Regional Gallery

Conspicuous Craft: Make Mine a Monachopsi

Conspicuous Craft: Make Mine a Monachopsi

Exhibition Dates: 1 October – 22 October 2016
Mae Finlayson
Opening Friday 30 September, 6 pm

Launceston-based visual artist, Mae Finlayson finds inspiration in unwanted and incomplete amateur domestic craft matter. Finlayson’s collection of objects, revived and reimagined are an exploration of the inferred limits and excesses of human creativity.

The pause where the making has been started and then left incomplete is reactivated by a second maker, Finlayson, as an act of liberation. The gap between the original making and the reimaging implies a suspension of human energy, a state in which the crafted object retains its own ‘thing power’.

“Collapsing the boundaries of fine art and craft, creativity and consumerism, failure and aspiration, my practice uses revivified objects to question and celebrate the power of conspicuous craft.” – Mae Finlayson, artist

Image credit: Mae Finlayson, Bomminockers 1, 2, 3 and 4 (detail), 2016, wool, thread, paint, fringing, beads